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Rishi Sunak’s Conservative Party is veering in direction of a Westminster wipeout when the Prime Minister calls a common election later this 12 months, Theresa May’s former Attorney General has warned.

And Sir Geoffrey Cox believes the scenario is so severe, the Tories might not even be left with sufficient MPs to kind a entrance bench within the House of Commons, leaving them unable to kind a reputable opposition.

Sir Geoffrey, a well-known face through the livid wrangling which adopted Britain’s resolution to stop the European Union in 2016, theatrically in contrast the plight of his occasion to that of British troops who fought off assaults by 1000’s of Zulu warriors at Rorke’s Drift in 1879.

Speaking to GB News’ Christopher Hope on Chopper’s Political Podcast at the moment, Sir Geoffrey highlighted current polling which suggests Sir Keir Starmer’s Labour will win left a 200-seat majority when Mr Sunak does ultimately go to the nation.

Sir Geoffrey stated: “The suggestion that Labour might win a 200 seat majority effectively annihilates any credible opposition.

“That’s unhealthy for democracy, however on our half, we have to present why we ought to be elected once more, why our occasion stands for actually necessary values and rules.”

He continued: “A celebration has no proper to be drained. It should renew, reinvigorate and re-inspire itself within the nation.

“The Conservative Party stands for something essential in the soul of this country.”

Referring to former Labour PM Tony Blair, he continued: “You couldn’t have a credible opposition. Under the Blair landslide in ’97 the Conservative Party had great difficulty manning a frontbench.

“Our system means that without that credible Opposition, it’s very bad and unhealthy for democracy.”

Asked whether he believes such an outcome was a possibility, Sir Geoffrey said: “On the present polls, sure, it may. And I believe we have now to mirror very deeply on whether or not or not that may be a sane and wise factor to occur on this nation.

“But, the fault lies at the Conservative Party’s door. If we are not making our case as well as we should be, then we’ve got to make it better.”

Sir Geoffrey additionally urged Mr Sunak to set out exactly why the Tories deserved to be returned to energy.

He defined: “The Prime Minister is a serious administrator and a man of government. He’s interested in achieving things, not in grandstanding.

“And I think, to be fair, he is starting to show that he’s turning things around.”

However, he added: “If I had a criticism, sure – not that he ought to be grandstanding, I do not assume that is in his character – however we have to know a bit bit extra about you. He’s obtained a fantastic story to inform.

“This is a young man who went round on his bicycle delivering prescriptions to people in Southampton from the corner shop his parents own.

“We want to listen to a bit bit extra about him, about why he loves this nation as a lot as he plainly does, and he must get that throughout to the general public I believe.”

It was crucial for the Prime Minister to outline his vision for the future, Sir Geoffrey stressed, and specifically “the aspirations that Conservative governments should be all about”.

He added: “Where are the secretaries of state making big speeches about the three new ideas they’ve got in their departments for the next government? Where are the ferment of ideas that we should be in? I would like to see the government starting to pronounce about.”

Referring to the 1879 episode immortalised within the 1964 movie Zulu, starring Michael Caine and Richard Burton, Sir Geoffrey stated: “My view is simple. We have to remain steady. We have to keep our nerve. We have to invoke our Rorke’s Drift mentality. We have to keep calm. Keep our nerve. We have to do everything based on evidence.

“The economic system is popping spherical. We need to take one step at a time. But above all, nothing is to be gained by panicking. We have to stay regular within the face of the enemy.”

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